Cayuga County Court

Sex offender admits raping Auburn teen days after getting out of prison

2013-04-30T15:31:00Z 2013-05-01T07:49:42Z Sex offender admits raping Auburn teen days after getting out of prisonSamantha House The Citizen Auburn Citizen
April 30, 2013 3:31 pm  • 

AUBURN | Eight days after William Singletary Jr. left a maximum security prison, the convicted sex offender convinced a teenager to pay him a visit.

Singletary, 26, assumed a fake name and adjusted his age, reported the Auburn Police Department. Posing as a 17 year old, he invited a 16-year-old girl he'd recently met to his hotel room, telling her one of her family members was present.

But when the teen arrived at the Auburn Inn on March 13, police said she didn't see any of her relatives. Soon after, Singletary raped her.

Singletary admitted Tuesday morning in Cayuga County Court that he raped the girl, acknowledging that he knew prior to committing the crime that having sex with an underage girl was wrong. Although police said no force was used, the teenager was too young to legally give consent.

The shackled man, currently housed at the Cayuga County Jail, sat quietly as the court discussed his lengthy history.

"Mr. Singletary is unfortunately a frequent visitor here in county court," Judge Mark Fandrich said after the defendant's case was announced.

According to The Citizen's archives, the Auburn man was sentenced to spend one year in jail in 2010 after admitting he raped a 15-year-old girl. He was 23 at the time.

The level-two sex offender, deemed to pose a moderate risk of re-offending, was also sentenced to five years of shock probation in 2010 for breaking into an apartment and stealing a PlayStation.

In 2011, Singletary admitted reporting a false incident to police using a fake name. He was sentenced to spend two to six years in prison for violating the terms of his probation.

Before the defendant entered his plea, Fandrich asked Singletary a series of questions — all of which he answered with a short "yup."

When asked to explain what happened on March 13, he turned to Ryan Muldoon, his defense attorney, and asked for aid.

"You tell them," Singletary asked Muldoon. "I'm not telling them."

Singletary eventually pleaded guilty to third-degree rape, a felony, in satisfaction of all other charges pending against him. For his plea, the defendant faces spending two to four years in prison and serving five to 15 years of post-release supervision.

The judge said he planned to make his sentencing determination after reading Singletary's presentence investigation report.

"I haven't made up my mind," Fandrich told Singletary. "I'll certainly consider what you have to say."

Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at 282-2282 or samantha.house@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at Citizen_House.

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    coach53 - May 01, 2013 9:45 am
    Just by this animals conduct in court there should be no plea. He is a career predator and 2-4 years with his record and the lack of remorse should be taken off the table. Ten years in prison would be a more fitting sentence. He did this after just getting out of prison so to him prison is not a deterent. We need to hand down harsher sentences for people like this. I hope Fandrich reconsiders and throws the book at this jerk.
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